Vitamin C has risen through the ranks and has become an absolute must have for skincare junkies. With benefits ranging from inhibiting pigmentation and lightening dark spots to ensuring you get a youthful glow, who can blame us for being totally Vitamin C-obsessed when it comes to skincare? And our current fave Vitamin C serum happens to be the Lakmé 9 to 5 Vitamin C+ Face Serum. The serum contains Kakadu Plum — the world’s richest source of Vitamin C and is extremely effective if you want hydrated, nourished skin. And the one thing we're left to wonder is... Could it get any better than this?
Well, while there's a bunch of ingredients that you'll be told to stay away from when you're using Vitamin C — ranging from retinol to niacinamides (and for a good reason, we might add) — there are a select few ingredients that can take your Vitamin C serum usage to a whole new level. Ready to maximise the benefits you can reap from your Vitamin C serum? Read on for the best ingredients to pair your Vitamin C serum with.
01. Ferulic acid
Ferulic acid, a plant-based antioxidant, is the perfect pal for Vitamin C! On its own, it helps fight anti-ageing and gets rid of free radicals, but when used with Vitamin C? It stabilises the most potent forms of Vitamin C, like L-ascorbic acid, which would otherwise be vulnerable to the environment, and makes sure the benefits of Vitamin C don't vanish into thin air. Did someone say OTP?
02. Vitamin E
Vitamin E is a skincare hero in its own right. An antioxidant that reduces UV damage nourishes the skin and protects it from the damage caused by free radicals, it's a winner on its own. But Vitamin C and Vitamin E are an unstoppable duo! Together, they are more effective in preventing sun damage, so if you use them together, you're essentially giving your skin twice the protection from free radicals and UV damage than just by themselves. We love a dream team!
03. Hyaluronic acid
One of the primary reasons we love hyaluronic acid isn't just the fact that it plumps up and hydrates the skin; it’s because it's such a versatile ingredient, it goes with almost anything! Vitamin C and hyaluronic acid work perfectly together since they give your skin that oh-so-desirable glow while also hydrating it to the T. Plus, using hyaluronic acid can also help reduce potential irritation caused due to Vitamin C if you've got sensitive skin. If you're willing to give the duo a go, follow up your Vitamin C serum with hyaluronic acid-infused moisturiser, like the Pond’s Super Light Gel Oil Free Moisturiser With Hyaluronic Acid + Vitamin E. It's got the goodness of Vitamin E AND hyaluronic acid and will give you total skin hydration. Also, this specific order will help lock in the moisture and retain the skin's barrier. Total win!